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Title: Studies in English and European Historical Dialectology
Edited By: Marina Dossena
Roger Lass
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430024
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 98

Originally presented at the second in the newly-launched series of
International Conferences on English Historical Dialectology, held at the
University of Bergamo in August 2007, the contributions collected in this
volume discuss significant aspects of socio-geo-historical variation in
language. In addition to British English, the focus is on Dutch, Scots and
varieties of English outside England (in Wales and in the American colonies
of the seventeenth century), in a time span ranging from medieval times to
the nineteenth century. The aim is to highlight the traits that allow
scholars to approach the study of English in a broader European
perspective, identifying the patterns that show convergence or divergence,
not just in terms of shared linguistic features (morphosyntactic, lexical
or pragmatic), but also in terms of methodological approaches. In this
respect, great attention is given to the latest developments in corpus and
computational linguistics, showing the extent to which such new tools as
electronic atlases and tagged corpora may facilitate answers to important
research questions. At the same time, perceptual dialectology is awarded
new interest on account of its significant role in normative and
argumentative language use.


Marina Dossena/Roger Lass: Introduction - Roger Lass: Richard M. Hogg: In
memoriam - Pieter van Reenen/Margit Rem/Evert Wattel: The Localization of
Medieval Texts of Unknown Provenance - Hermann Moisl: Using Electronic
Corpora in Historical Dialectology Research: The Problem of Document Length
Variation - Roger Lass/Margaret Laing: Databases, Dictionaries and
Dialectology. Dental Instability in Early Middle English: A Case Study -
María José Carrillo-Linares/Edurne Garrido-Anes: Middle English Word
Geography: External Sources for Investigating the Field - Julia Fernández
Cuesta/Mª Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma: The Northern Echo: Continuities in
Contemporary Northern English - Robert McColl Millar: The Origins of the
Northern Scots Dialects - Nicholas Brownlees: Welsh English in English
Civil War Pamphlets - Adrian Pablé: Reconstructing the History of Two
Colonial New England Terms of Address: Goodman and Goodwife.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034300247
Pages: 267
Prices: U.S. $ 71.95
U.K. £ 46.40